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Baby killed in Parisian cement mixer accident

A baby girl has died in Paris after being hit by a cement mixer which was reversing through a red light.

A baby girl has died in Paris after being hit by a cement mixer which was reversing through a red light.

The baby, aged one-and-a-half, was being pushed in a stroller by her 64-year-old nanny when the truck hit at 10.30 on Thursday morning, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

The incident occurred at an intersection in Porte d’Orleans, southern Paris. Witnesses of the horrific tragedy recounted the event to Le Parisien.

“When the light went green, he drove straight ahead and seemed surprised to see the no entry signs on the road ahead which is reserved for trams” said a nearby mechanic worker to the paper. 

“He reversed so he could turn to the right”.

The woman and two children were meanwhile on the footpath behind the truck at a pedestrian crossing. They were hit by the cement mixer and the stroller with the baby became caught in the truck’s axles, a vision that witnesses reported was “difficult to endure”. 

“The driver, 49, certainly didn’t see them as he began his maneuver,” another witness told the paper. 

Dozens of shocked bystanders came running to help, and were soon joined by police and firefighters.

The child was taken in an ambulance to the Necker hospital but died in transit.

The woman was also with a two-year-old boy, yet both were largely unscathed in the accident. The 64-year-old is recovering from a fractured leg in the Saint Joseph hospital.

The truck driver is currently in custody, and police have reported that no drugs or alcohol was involved, according to the paper.

Police are calling for witnesses, and believe a nearby security camera may reveal further details.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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